Rosettes and Ribbons

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Pelipenele is on her first trip as Dr. Edisse's xenoanthropology intern, to the planet Aren, to a dig-site being unearthed by the passionate and intimidating Aera. Little does she know that her dull, easy translation assignment is going to be nothing of the sort...

This story was chosen for the "Best in Show" anthology.

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Published: Nov. 08, 2010
Words: 13,860
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452317045
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: Eric Hinkle on Nov. 12, 2010 : star star star star star
A short and clever bit of storytelling set among the Pelted about how one should really be careful about what you know and what you only think you know about other cultures. A rare bit of outright humor by Micah, along with the usual well-done characterization and plotting. Very funny and most heartily recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: JigokuInu on Nov. 08, 2010 : (no rating)
Culture clash, intrigue, danger, and archeology! Another short story delving into a less well-known Pelted race, the Aera. The Aera are nothing if not outrageous, a wonderful contrast to the rather bookish main character. The current intrigue and deceptions tie in with an Aera myth which is discussed at length and even gives a few clues. I love that sort of historical connection and similarities. Besides, how often do you see archeology in sci-fi?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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